A trio of South Florida U.S. Reps. back Terrie Rizzo for Fla. Dem. Chair

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Palm Beach County Democrat Terrie Rizzo is receiving the support of three members of the Florida congressional delegation in her bid to become the state’s Democratic Party chair.

Alcee Hastings, Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel — each representing districts that touch part of Palm Beach County — are backing Rizzo, who chairs the Palm Beach Democratic Executive Committee.

Rizzo is running against Hillsborough County State Committeewoman Alma Gonzalez, Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Stacey Patel, and Monica Russo, the Miami based president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Florida.

Rizzo announced a list of 33 other endorsements from eligible Democrats who will be casting a ballot when the State Executive Committee convenes in Orlando on Dec. 9 to pick a successor to Stephen Bittel, who resigned three weeks ago after a report surfaced that he had acted inappropriately toward women.

There are 1,204 possible votes for state chair, with many of those votes weighted based on population.

After Rizzo sent out a news release earlier this week claiming that she has locked up nearly half the votes needed to win the race, an official with the Gonzalez camp pushed back, questioning that premise and arguing that it’s far too early to predict who is leading in the race.


Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


  • debra wynter

    December 2, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    weak sheeple like Rizzo is a big part of the problem

  • debra wynter

    December 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I posted it on facebook

  • debra wynter

    December 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I posted it on faceboook thanks for the censorship

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